City Court Orders Halt on North Jakarta Reclamation Project


MARCH 17, 2017

Jakarta. A provincial court in Jakarta has ordered the city's administration to halt development on parts of a land reclamation project off the northern coast of the capital due to regulatory concerns, a ruling that has been applauded by environmentalists and local fishermen alike.

The city administration issued decrees permitting the development on three islands, known only as F, I and K, between October and November of 2015.

The developers of the islands are Jakarta Propertindo, Jaladri Kartika Ekapaksi and Pembangunan Jaya Ancol.

In a hearing on Thursday (16/03) at the Jakarta State Administrative Court, a panel of judges ruled that the decrees permitting the development are "procedurally and substantially flawed."

The court annulled the decrees initially issued by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

One of the judges' main considerations in the ruling is that the reclamation developers did not consult with local communities to discuss potential environmental impacts of the project.

"There has never been a notification whatsoever to the public over the issuance of any permit for the reclamation," Marthin Hadiwinata, a spokesman for the Indonesian Association of Traditional Fishermen (KNTI), told the Jakarta Globe on Friday.

The reclamation project has drawn widespread protests from dozens of fishermen groups and environmental organizations, though the Jakarta administration has staunchly defended it.

The Jakarta State Administrative Court issued a similar ruling in June 2016 prohibiting development on another island, known only as G, whose developer is a subsidiary of Agung Podomoro Land.

That ruling was later overturned in December of last year in favor of the Jakarta administration.